Cabela's Big Game Hunter is really a niche market
however is still rather popular in the larger gaming
fraternity. Best described, this is a strategic
shooter which allows the player to experience
virtual hunting by using a variety of tools of the
trade and most importantly the environment to your
Strangely enough, I don't compel the idea
of hunting, however for those players who are curious or
actually do hunt in the real-world, than this game
has been truly designed for you.
Wii however is one of those consoles that takes
gaming beyond traditional gaming as games such as
golf and bowling are more enjoyable when played in
the real-world, however the wireless capabilities
and control system of this console actually makes it
quite fun. Unfortunately Cabela's Big Game Hunter
falls into the later category.
that said, this game is as close as the player can
get to real-world hunting as the title is rather
slow for the true gamer as the game contains quite a
large dose of standing around, moving silently and
using a wide range of weapons to hunt your animals.
The developers also include
different gaming methods to
increase the realism of the title such as
bullet-time which gives an almost sense of urgency
when your animal is lined up in the target and you
only have the briefest time of making a good shot.
Quite an interesting use of bullet-time which works
for Cabela's Big Game Hunter.
control system of the title on the Wii is fiddly at
the best of times due to the need to have both
wireless controllers connected with one used to
navigate your hunter and the other to aim your
variety of weapons. The control system is not bad
but it is a little strange and sometimes
frustrating, especially when you are trying to make
that vital shot. The player also has a variety of
different weapons available to them such as rifles
and crossbows which are deadly silent. That is the
There are a variety of different hunting
environments that your player engages in which give
you access to a plethora of different animals and the
like. Add in some elements of adventure games where
you need to reach an almost unreachable destination
and it does give the title some more interaction
with the gaming environment, a sense of ownership to
the player as they are part of some big hunt.
in some different gaming modes and you can
also unlock a variety of achievements as you
progress through the title which rounds this title
up. You can even explore
your hunting grounds to locate where your animals
are hunting and even meet the park ranger. Sometimes
the realism goes a little too far.
Graphically, the title is at best an average
looking Wii game on the console with unfortunately
un-inspirational linear gaming environment designs.
Everything looks like a game that is at least 3 - 4
years old. The characters however are all well
animated, including the hunter himself but the backgrounds are a little
lackluster at the best of times.
zoom function of your weapons are unfortunately
quite pixilated which kind of ruins the realism of
already realistic title. Sound effects are varied
but few as you hear the sounds of your gaming
environments and the animals themselves, very
conclusion, Cabela's Big Game Hunter is a strange
game that attempts to use both realism and arcade to
cater for two genres. Traditional gamers may be
disappointment at the title, however real-world
hunters may get a kick or two out of the title. One
for the strategic first person shooter to